UK Mountainboard Centre Round-up

Spring 2015 is here and the UK’s MBCs have awoken! Let’s take a peek at what to expect…

RidetheHillYEggShockTreeSaplinges it’s time to say goodbye to the winter and look forward to a great season of colourful 4-wheeled wonderment. Clocks change end of March, literal woop. The world is waking up. Birds sing. Plants grow. Shipping containers from China bring *all new* product (more on that soon… cough *mbs* cough)…

For Mountainboard Centres right now, momentum is especially starting to build due to the more positive outdoor experience, i.e. weather! Winter can be dim & grey & muddy and Spring literally brings the colour back in to mountainboarding’s oh-so squishable earthy cheeks.

In the UK we’re lucky to have many great centres; all with their own thing going on yet such common passions. With new staff (customer service!), new customers (potential converts!), new features and even new names, 2015 is all about pushing forward…

Let’s give ’em some support! In no particular order…

 

RTHquarterRide the Hill, Surrey: 

Like a few of the UK’s MBCs, RTH at the Priory Farm XBP site has already opened with conviction into a new year… Taking on parties and groups, their new website that offers online booking seems to be doing the job!

They have been improving amenities more than riding-features which is good for everyone, especially if you like bacon rolls + paninis (which we do), and taking on new staff as well.

The park has been groomed and with last year’s new Quarterpipe ready to rock n roll, 2015 is looking good for Aiden & Team. Yes there was talk of making the bx bigger & better but unfortunately the landowner clamped down so there’s just tweaks to some of the lesser used features…There were also rumours of a new comp mid-summer which would be good.

You can find more about Ride the Hill and it’s important role in mountainboard history in an imminent Remolition Special feature coming soon!

Get to their website and look about, or read what the public think in some reviews on trip advisor!

 

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HBBP, Herefordshire:

HBBP-trackbuildingThe Centre formerly known as Ironsides has been prepping, digging, crafting and recreating the riding experience at their Tillington site, including a re-designed ‘black run’.

New managers Phil & Tom are pulling stops out to bring us all a first class park that continues it’s long tradition of being awesome.

Get there for the upcoming opening weekend jam/party on 28/29th March >

They are also hosting the first round of the exciting UK Championships on 16/17th May.

Check out more news on their website 🙂

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Hales Board & Bike Park, Cheshire:

HalesDiggersThe ex-SuperBole has been open for a few weeks with it’s great mix of riding terrain, tracks & features.

Mark & crew are always riding, tweaking, and holding their own events (& mini festivals); they’ve just finished their Winter MTB 4X series for instance, which has proved good for the bikers, and are now getting creative with the diggers to remould the park and improve things for mountainboard riders. Yes.

Improvements to the jib park and downhill course are on the cards, and the BX will be getting treatment as it will feature in August’s round of the UK Championships.

Go along for their first Park Sessions event of the year on Saturday April 4th; there’s a Trampa Trophy, loads of spot prizes in the jibfest, bbq, bar and a big screen for sick movies inc. #hashtag. Rad.

 

Hales-Park Sessions

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Another World Adventure Centre, West Yorkshire:

Karting-at-AnotherWorldPopular activity centre Another World near Halifax is doing mountainboard lessons already, with riders taking to the slopes on boards, as well their collection of crazy karts, bumper balls and the like. In fact they do loads of different activities so book your mum in for some archery or bushcraft while you shred some gnar.

We hear the BX track has been extended by “loads” for R5 of the 2015 UK Series which takes place at the start of August which is good news, and they’ve also developed the jib/freestyle area. Yes mountainboarding!

 

Read about the crossover fun to be had at AW on TripAdvisor and find out more on the  Another World Adventure Centre website.

 

AnotherWorld-Mountainboarding

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Knockhill, E.Sussex:

Rider freestyle favourite Knockhill, based at the Knockhatch Adventure Park in Hailsham, is always evolving thanks to the dedicated team, led by Roger T.

Word on Facebook is that the centre is “almost ready” for opening it’s gates… We wait with baited breath 🙂

Expect improvements to ye olde jib parks and tweaks to the big air set up, ready for an exclusive Freestyle-only round of the ATBA UK Series.

You can still get all the main info you need from their simple website but news will drop sooner on their Facebook fan page!

Knockhill

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Bugs Boarding, Gloucestershire:

BugsBoarding-Mountainboard-Dig-Remolition11Lovely Bugs Boarding has had it’s compulsory grooming and (like most of the centres) has had work done with the help of of rider-volunteers shovelling soil – and of course the always hard-working team of AJ, Bugs, Joe D and crew!

With changes to the rollers on the BX last year, this year will be even better. Bugs will no doubt host another event of their own this year, like Summer Sessions or Bugs Wars, because they are having a break this year from hosting a UK series round. Rumours are that there may be another Film Fest at the end of the season too.

Opening weekend will be at the end of March/start of April, weather depending!

Check out the Bugs Facebook group page for updates.

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BRD Sports, N.Gower (Wales):

In the grounds of Woebley castle, in the beautiful Gower peninsula (near Swansea), lies BRD sports, an underrated mountainboard centre that is still rolling after a decade in the business.

Essentially a great training ground with long grass slope and mini bx track, BRD’s Manager is Ben, who was involved with Coastal & Haredown: a busy boy but passionate rider. He heads up a good crew, with dedicated locals, and is looking forward to overdue updates to their facilities cthat are coming soon, especially for mountainboards and crossover. He’s looking at a new van, digging, freestyle improvements, and setting up a community interest company (i.e. team) in order to keep people coming back…

Ben, being an avid freerider, will also guide the local area as their is some killer terrain around these parts…

BRD is now open for lessons etc but will be making a push around Easter so we’ll keep you posted, or check the BRDsports website and their Facebook page for more details.

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Go support the centres: Get lifts up the hills. Chat with the teams who run them. Meet other like-minded people. Ride your heart out.

Have fun. In the great outdoors, become the rider you want to be. Visit them all!